2/17/19 One Year Bible Recap--a day late.

Leviticus 4:1—5:19

Bible Knowledge Commentary tells us that the book of Leviticus is mentioned 40 times in the New Testament.  As hard as this is to understand we have to try because it is important enough to repeat in the NT. 

We learn in this section that the Israelites are responsible for their sin even if they didn’t know they were sinning.  They are called to atone for their sin as soon as they realize they sinned.  This makes it a very personal relationship between the individual and the Lord.  Doing these systematic sacrifices would make the person “right with the Lord.”  That phrase is repeated very often in the section.  God is being so clear that the Israelites are not trying to manipulate God into doing something, they are atoning for their sin before a Holy God so they could continue to live in a covenant relationship with Him.  

The word “blood” is a key word in this section, and in this book for that matter.  Atonement for sin requires the blood of a sacrifice.  This is one lesson that could not be missed.  God is very specifically teaching them about the blood and what to do with it.  

Mark 2:13—3:6

Look at what has happened here with the Pharisee’s.  They are from the same people group we are following through the book of Leviticus.  All these years later they have forgotten who they are and what the Levitical sacrifices were meant to do.  They have begun to believe that being Israelites makes them right with God.  They forgot that they are sinners that could not stand before a Holy God without atoning for their sin.  They raised the laws to be gods in and of themselves instead of the way to live in communion with a holy God, set apart from the people around them.

Psalm 36: 1-12

“All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.”  There is no one outside of His protection.  Even the atheist at Universal Studio’s with the shirt on that said, “I solemnly swear that there is no God.”  That soul is under His protection too.  You can’t get away from Him.  His unfailing love is as vast as the heavens.  

Proverbs 10: 1-2

I think a foolish child brings the mother grief because we are the ones who lie awake and worry that our kids are going to be ok.  When you know your child is being foolish you worry all the more.